Author: Brett Pollakoff

Thabo Sefolosha

Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha seen limping following his arrest (VIDEO)


Thabo Sefolosha missed 23 games for the Hawks earlier this season due to a calf strain, but had returned to the lineup recently, and appeared in his team’s last seven consecutive contests.

After being arrested early Wednesday morning (along with teammate Pero Antic) for interfering with the police setting up a crime scene following the stabbing of Indiana’s Chris Copeland outside a New York City night club, Sefolosha was seen walking with a pronounced limp as the police escorted him to be transported.

It’s unclear if this is an injury that occurred during the incident, or if it’s serious enough to cause Sefolosha to miss any time.

Meanwhile, some additional details have emerged explaining exactly what prompted the police to arrest the two Hawks players.

From Benjamin Mueller of the New York Times:

One of the Hawk players who was arrested, Thabo Sefolosha, was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct after he refused to disperse and then “charged at an officer,” a police spokeswoman said.

The other Hawk arrested, Pero Antic, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, menacing and disorderly conduct. While Mr. Sefolosha was being arrested, the police said, Mr. Antic “physically grabbed another police officer.”

The NBA is also conducting its own investigation, reports Ken Berger of

Report: Vlade Divac has emerged as Kings’ top basketball decision-maker

Vlade Divac

The Sacramento Kings are searching for stability, and ownership believes they have found it with their latest front office hire.

Vlade Divac was recently named vice president of basketball operations, and it’s only taken him a little over a month to earn the right to wield the bulk of the organizational power.

From Marc Stein of

Sources told ‎that Divac, who was recently hired by the Kings under the seemingly broad title of vice president of basketball and franchise operations, is indeed regarded as the team’s top basketball official by owner Vivek Ranadive after months of turbulence in Sacramento.

The Kings have yet to formally announce their new power structure, but sources say that Divac has supplanted both general manager Pete D’Alessandro and former Kings adviser Chris Mullin — who just jumped to the college game as the new coach at alma mater St. John’s — as Sacramento’s lead basketball decision-maker.

The future of D’Alessandro in Sacramento, especially after the departure of his closest ally in the organization in Mullin, is unclear. Sources say, however, that the Kings have already launched a search to add another front-line basketball executive to work alongside Divac whether D’Alessandro stays or departs.

Ranadive has been anything but patient with his failing franchise, and has been consistent in making decisions quickly before forming well-thought-out opinions. He hired his head coach before he hired a general manager, which is something you just don’t do in the NBA for fear the two won’t see eye-to-eye in terms of how a roster should be assembled. Ranadive later admitted that this was a mistake.

The Kings ended up firing Mike Malone early in the season, then signed interim head coach Tyrone Corbin for the remainder of the year, only to replace him with George Karl before the season was finished.

This move to empower Divac, and the one to bring on Karl, could be the beginnings of Sacramento creating a stable situation. But unless ownership can become more tolerant and commit to a plan that lasts more than a single season, the Kings will remain the Kings — the worst franchise in the NBA for going on nine straight seasons.

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Anthony Davis: Pelicans took Warriors trash talk ‘personal’

Anthony Davis

The Pelicans scored 60 points in the second half against the league’s best defense on Tuesday to get a critical win that kept their playoff hopes alive.

And Anthony Davis says that someone on the Warriors unintentionally provided a little extra motivation.

Davis wouldn’t name the culprit, but said some disrespectful trash talk was directed at the Pelicans bench, and came from someone on the Warriors in advance of Tuesday night’s contest.

From Ethan Sherwood Strauss of

“They came out and said it was going to be a scrimmage game,” Davis said of the Warriors in a TV interview after the game. “We kind of took that personal.”

In the locker room, Davis would not publicly elaborate on who the Warriors player was.

“We just tried to come out and play,” Davis said. “They said what they said. You try to worry about us and what we’re going to do to try to win this game.”

When asked who the specific player was, Davis responded, “I don’t know who said it.”

While Davis may or may not have known, my guess is that looking at Draymond Green would be a decent place to start.

NBA union announces set of awards that will be voted on by the players

NBA All-Star Press Conferences and Media Availability 2014

The NBA’s end-of-season awards are voted on by a large collection of the media, and while the process is far from perfect, the league has at least made it transparent in order to see exactly where the nonsensical votes are coming from.

But the players themselves would like a say, and thanks to the union’s new executive director Michele Roberts, they will have it beginning this season — at least to a certain extent.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league’s regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts issued an internal memo announcing the “2015 Players Choice Awards.”

The memo, which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports, stated that anonymous votes will be cast and the winners will be announced at a summer meeting in Las Vegas. The media has voted on NBA awards since the 1980-81 season.

“This program was created at your request to recognize outstanding performance of your peers, on and off the court,” Roberts wrote. “No one knows better than you what it takes to shine.”

Kevin Durant was vocal in his desire for this during All-Star weekend in New York City.

“They [the media] have too much power,” he said at the time. “The players know each other inside and out. The media isn’t in the film room and goes for sexy names.”

Roberts is interested in empowering the players, but she also seems to be encouraging them to have an increasing level of disdain for the media, which is wholly unnecessary.

As for this new batch of awards that is voted on by the players, it’ll be interesting to see how they compare to the ones the media hands out — and whether the general public ends up caring about them in the slightest. Because unless the league adopts this as an entirely new process, these awards will largely be seen as a duplication of the official ones, and will have little to no historical significance.

Stephen Curry hits ridiculous three against Pelicans (VIDEO)

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry may or may not win the MVP award this season, because James Harden has just as strong of a case.

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But there’s no arguing the fact that Curry has been the league’s most entertaining player, and this preposterous three he hit against the Pelicans on Tuesday is just the latest in a long line of highlight-reel plays we’ve seen from him consistently throughout the season.